Five dedicated individuals (Tom Hausler, Jim Miller, Jeremy Smith, Venita Fuller and Art Crowe) cut down every standing cedar under 4-feet tall, and a few bigger ones. Irene Bonde did her thing weeding beds elsewhere.
A successful day chopping cedar along the edge of the north trail. We stacked the cedar into a brush pile that was at least 30-feet long. It should make for some nice lizard and wren habitat. We made it halfway along the trail. In other words, we saved some for next month.
HCMN Plaque at JWNA
May 10, 2014 - This garden is dedicated to Hays County Master Naturalists for their continued support of Hays County and contributions to thr restoration of the Jacob’s Well Natural Area
Planting Trees Along the Blanco River
Lance Jones participated in a tree planting along the Blanco River sponsored by Tree Folks. More than 100 volunteers from different organizations planted more than 1,000 trees in a stretch of City of San Marcos owned land north of the Five Mile Dam parks. Tree Folks, project 1203, is a leader in stewardship of all things woody. The organization sponsors advanced training and tree plantings in the Greater Austin area. (Photo by Christine Middleton)
HCMN Celia Clowe working with Families at Jacob’s Well Nature Center.
HCMNs Chris and Mike Rambo working the fossil exhibit tables.
Deb Bradshaw and Suzanne Davis supporting family activities.
HCMNs and Quincy Kennedy (Hays Co.) supporting the February 2019 1st Saturday program.
Exploring the limestone cliffs adjacent to the dry Cypress Creek during hike at JWNA.
Family Fun at Jacob’s Well - 1st Saturday on Fossils.
Deb Bradshaw (center) looking for fossils in dry Cypress Creek at JWNA.
Wooly Mammoth Fossil Tooth
I learned that I could design and write a newsletter. Before I asked Anne to consider me for the newsletter position, I designed a draft newsletter to confirm to myself I could actually do it. It included many of the key sections in use today. I researched many MN newsletters from Texas and across the USA. This proved to be incredibly useful after I accepted the Newsletter position. It gave me the ability to publish the first Newsletter in only 5 days.
May 2018 Cover Photo by Tom Hausler
I learned that a 2-person co-editor team makes a better Newsletter. in 2018, when Anne Child called for volunteers to take over the Chapter Newsletter, Betsy and I responded. We both cautioned Anne that we were not sure if we could fit this project into our busy schedules. After meeting with Hope Shimek, I decided to accept the lead and Betsy agreed to support. From the start, Betsy did much more than support, she became a co-editor. A 2-person collaborative team benefits from different viewpoints, interests and perspectives. It also created the opportunity to win a 1st place award.
June 2018 Cover Photo by Betsy Cross
I learned that getting HCMN Board approval for an online newsletter was harder than I expected. Betsy and I discussed a web-based newsletter in April 2018 less than 3 months following our first edition. Within days we started communicating with individual Board members. A month later I created a draft online newsletter and demonstrated it to the Board. It would still take over 4 months before we gained approval and our first online version was released. This time was spent building a new Chapter website and transferring to a new email server. The first web based edition was published in October with Eva Frost’s dragonfly article.
July 2018 Cover Photo by Betsy Cross
I learned what a unique and wonderful Chapter we have in Hays County. From the feedback I received, the ‘Meet Your Master Naturalist’ is the Newsletter’s most popular section. It is mine also. I am always amazed at the Members’ interests and things they have done. I look back and remember the Bio’s for the October 2018 Newsletter with Roxana Donegan and Eva Frost. Roxana said her favorite bird was a chicken and right below was Eva Frost’s bio photo with her holding a large rooster. I know that Betsy and I both had a laugh about it.
August 2018 Cover Photo by Betsy Cross
I learned that Betsy’s idea to add a cover page with an interesting photograph was a game changer. We considered going to a new cover page design in the May 2018 edition to be a bold step and were worried if the Board would approve. We knew that using Tom Hausler’s Golden-cheeked warbler image was perfect for our initial cover page. Both of us were grateful when Tom Hausler gave his approval and the Board loved the idea. And so did the Chapter.
September 2018 Cover Photo by Betsy Cross
Back-row, left to right: Lance Jones, Donna Browning, Dick McBride, Sue Harding, Melinda Jackson. Front row, left to right: Cynthia Grant, Linda Paul, Venita Fuller, Marilyn Brister, Trish Perez-Lecca, Tom Watson, Vincent Lecca.
Cynthia Grant and Linda Paul are members of the 2019 Training Class.
Cindy Luongo Cassidy
In order to find the best photography opportunities in his world travels, Tom hires local photographers as guides.
Great Gray Owl
At 27 inches tall, the Great Gray Owl is the largest owl in North America. Photo by Tom Hausler was taken in Yellowstone National Park.
At 5.75 inches tall, the Elf Owl is the smallest owl in North America. Photo taken by Tom Hausler in the Davis Mountains.
Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Photo by Tom Hausler appeared in the December 2018 issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife, article entitled Dog Town.
Photo by Tom Hausler - Glacier Bay, Alaska. It was a rare sighting. Rangers said they hadn’t seen a Glacier Bear in 11 years.